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U.S. Government Shutdown Stalls Few Logistics Operations

(Ben Ames – DC Velocity)

Transportation and logistics providers took a wait-and-see approach to handling the potential impacts of the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Dec. 21 and requires “non-essential” employees of many federal agencies to stay at home while they are barred from working. [...]

One government body that was closed today was the Federal Maritime Commission, which in a statement on Wednesday said that all its employees had been placed on furlough and were prohibited by law from performing any duties during the shutdown. The exception to that requirement was the commission’s acting chairman, Michael A. Khouri, and its commissioner, Rebecca Dye, who are exempted because they are Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed officials. [...]

Likewise, the U.S. Department of Commerce is now closed, according to its website. “Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce is closed. Commerce Department websites will not be updated until further notice,” the site says. “The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan.” Click here to read more.